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Twitter Given Entry In AP Stylebook

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Twitter hit another milestone of sorts today, and thanks to this development, members of the mainstream media have more or less lost their last excuse for mangling terms related to the site.  Yes, believe it or not, the Associated Press Stylebook added Twitter. 

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The AP Stylebook has been around since 1953.  It’s presently over 400 pages in length, and perhaps unlike the Global Language Monitor, is well-respected.  Plus, any inclusion in the Stylebook implies a lot about the subject’s newsworthiness, so Twitter has really arrived in a certain sense.

As for the whole usage issue, Shawn Moynihan writes, "the entry . . . notes that the social networking Web site’s messages are ‘Tweets,’ and the verb forms are to Twitter or to Tweet."  Nothing we’re used to was redefined, then.

People who were on the lookout for the term "Twit" may be disappointed, though, since the AP Stylebook just stayed silent in regards to what Twitter users should be called. 

In other (and older) Twitter-hits-the-mainstream news, Conan O’Brien seems set to dedicate a regular chunk of his show to the micro-blogging site, with a second "Twitter Tracker" segment airing Tuesday night.

Twitter Given Entry In AP Stylebook
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  • http://www.paulsolomon.blogspot.com Paul Solomon

    According to this weeks cover story in Time magazine, Twitter is “changing the way we live.” The fact that such a simple idea can create such a powerful form of communication shows us that anything’s possible. In this economic climate, when banks and car companies are going bankrupt, an idea as simple as Twitter is an example of thinking small and making it big. The founders of Twitter reportedly turned down a $500 million offer from Facebook to purchase the site and they may be waiting for a more lucrative offer. Who knows, it might be worth a lot more. I’m just trying to figure out how to get all my ideas into 140 characters or less.
    http://paulsolomon.blogspot.com/2009/06/twitter-takes-on-facebook.html